“No matter what you think you know, it’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Dylan Farrow says, opening HBO’s Allen v. Farrow.
The daughter of actress Mia Farrow starts to talk in depth about the now-famous accusations of incest she made against disgraced filmmaker Woody Allen, who was Mia’s husband during Dylan’s young childhood, in the first episode of Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick’s four-part docuseries that premiered on Sunday night.
“I haven’t spoken publicly about him for decades,” says Mia when she appears on camera. “But that’s the great regret of my life, that I wasn’t perceptive enough. It’s my fault. I brought this guy into our family. There’s nothing I can do to take that away.”
It was because of Dylan that Mia wanted for her family to relive such a broken time. “[Mia] said, ‘I’m only doing this for my daughter. Never in a million years would I do this otherwise. I wanted this all to go away. I’m done. It’s past history,’ ” Ziering remembered while addressing the docuseries in a recent story with the Hollywood Reporter.
Ziering spoke to THR about the first time she and Dylan had sat down. I was extremely struck by her, her candor, her thoughtfulness, her analysis. To process this, she had a lot of time. She wasn’t angry or bitter. She was just in pain,”I was extremely struck by her, her candor, her thoughtfulness, her analysis. She had had a lot of time to process this. She wasn’t angry or bitter. She was just in pain,”She was not angry or bitter.
Over three years, Allen v. Farrow was filmed in secret and purported to reveal new evidence and several bombshells about one of the most notorious scandals in Hollywood. In 1992, Dylan first alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Allen when she was 7 years old. In a 2014 column in The New York Times, she detailed her claim, but it was an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times in 2017 amid the #MeToo movement that would eventually bring her side of a highly documented story to the forefront and push the once-revered filmmaker into the rearview mirror of Hollywood. (Allen denies having ever been sexually inappropriate or abusive and after the premiere published a statement.)
This is just the beginning of the story, it is a lot more complicated and detailed.